Safety Standards

All manufacturers have to produce helmets to meet one of three international equestrian safety standards or marks:


VG1 01.040 2014-12

ASTM F1163:2015. 

Each standard stringently tests different impacts and accident scenarios specifically for horse riding. 

Below you can see the main differences in testing standards.

Safety standard criteria and testing

When determining helmet safety and assessing if a helmet will pass certification, each of the individual standards have their own criteria and tests.

Safety testing is conducted to ensure that helmets meet one or more international equestrian safety standards.

For example, the BSI (British Standards Institution) Kitemark PAS015 and VG1 will check each batch made before they will issue a certification label. If the helmets do not pass the standard, then the entire batch must be destroyed.

Our safety standards

All Gatehouse riding hats and jockey skulls meet these standards.

In addition, the HS1 and HS1-V also meets The SNELL E2016 standard which is a more extreme standard for riders looking for the upmost protection, which is why this model is so hugely popular in eventing, racing and other similar disciplines. 

So whatever Gatehouse hats meets your requirements, you can be assured your safety is always at the forefront of everything we do.